One of the ways we hear a lot to improve ourselves is to have idols to emulate.
But wait! Don’t try to be somebody else. Just be yourself and be great.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad to have idols. In fact, I do have idols and I also encourage you to have one. It is true that one of the ways to improve yourself is to have someone you can emulate, someone you can pattern your life from.
True enough. We can pave our way to success by finding an idol – someone who has already achieved what we want to achieve. Then study what he has been doing and take action to follow the road he/she has taken to get into the summit he/she is now on.
Before deciding to choose your idol, however, you need first to define who you are, what you want to become, what you want to share to the world.
As Chin-Ning Chu said, “A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.”
Picking an idol and emulating him or her without starting from who you are deep within may be counterproductive. You might start chasing after the dreams of others and not those of you. Eventually, you might end nowhere.
Robert Southey shares, “Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.”
If we start from ourselves, this may lead to something sublimely great.
But if we start from idols – just because they are famous – without starting from ourselves, this may result to nothing.
I, too, have idols. But why do I say – “Don’t try to be somebody else; just be yourself and be great.”?
It is because your real-life superhero is you yourself. You may be influenced by people around you, but you yourself can take the action. You yourself can make the move. You yourself can live your life.